LA-based photographer and composer Felix Salazar recently captured some spectacular underwater macro photography of corals. Despite some people’s conception that coral reefs are only found in varying shades of pink, but there are a myriad of sub-classes and orders to the living colonies that offer a much wider spectrum of color. These pictures are not just captivating the vibrant hues that these corals present, but also provide wonderful textures and intricate detailing, leaving us awe-inspired. [source]
As the largest living structures on the planet, coral reefs are also among the greatest storehouses of biodiversity on Earth. While Coral Reefs are also one of the most threatened marine systems. Scientists estimate that unless we take immediate action, we could lose up to 70 percent of coral reefs by 2050.
I hope we can do something to protect our ocean, our environment. And our decedent still have the chance to see those beautiful scenery by themselves, but only on the books.
1. Maldives Coral Islands
With 26 natural atolls or groups of coral islands, the Maldives, is a part of an underwater mountain range that includes the Lakshadweep Islands and the Chagos Islands. The coral reefs and atolls that make up these islands, have grown on and around the peaks of this underwater mountain range.